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Slow-cooked Fennel in Tomato Sauce

Slow-cooked Fennel in Tomato Sauce
Recipe Date:
30 August 2022
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  • 2 fennel bulbs, halved with green tops removed
  • 2 400g tins sliced tomatoes
  • 1 onion, finely sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • JOSEPH First Run Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • sea salt & cracked black pepper

Need a great vegetarian dish to go with red wine? Look no further!

This Winter warmer is stunning when served with a glass of 'The Tuscan' Shiraz Sangiovese. The wine's spicy aromatics and cherry fruit flavours are perfect for this hearty recipe.

1. Pre-heat the oven. Turn to 150°C, fan forced.

2. Add 50ml JOSEPH Olive Oil to a high-sided casserole pot. Put on low-medium heat and sauté the onion and bay leaves for 5 minutes.

3. Add the garlic while stirring. Sauté for another 30 seconds.

4. Add the tomatoes, vegetable stock, a couple of good pinches of sea salt and plenty of freshly cracked black pepper to the pot.

5. Stir the mixture and bring to a simmer.

6. Turn the heat off. Place the fennel bulbs in the mixture cut side up, but not fully submerged.

7. Drizzle a little more JOSEPH Olive Oil over each fennel bulb. 

8. Place the the lid on the casserole pot. Cook in the oven for 2.5 - 3 hours.

9. Serve with lashings of JOSEPH First Run Extra Virgin Olive Oil and plenty of crusty bread. Enjoy!

This recipe is delicious on its own or with a side of gnocchi, pasta, or polenta.

 We love this dish with our Italian-made 'The Tuscan' Shiraz Sangiovese. It's the perfect spicy red wine for this Winter recipe. Buon appetito!